A última edição da Brazilian Political Science Review traz dois bons artigos de teoria política. O primeiro, de autoria de Ricardo Silva (UFSC), aborda o conceito republicano de não-dominação e sua interpretação nos diferentes modelos de democracia tal com encontrado nas obras de Pettit, Bellamy e McCormick. Já o artigo de Renato Francisquini (UFSC) propõe uma nova dimensão para o princípio de liberdade de expressão. Um uso equitativo das liberdades comunicativas exigiria a avaliação permanente dos meios de comunicação em busca de violações intencionais ou obstruções sistêmicas ao pleno exercício do pluralismo democrático.
Following the republican revival of the last few decades, the ideal of freedom as non-domination has become an important point of convergence among republican theorists, especially among those associated with neo-Roman republicanism. Furthermore, all neo-Roman theorists argue that a legitimate republican polity in contemporary societies must take a democratic form to overcome the aristocratic and elitist features pervasive in classical and modern republicanism. This study argues that the emerging concept of republican democracy remains essentially contested despite the increasing agreement on the ideal of liberty being constitutive of the republican tradition. It posits that the meaning of the concept of republican democracy becomes unstable in the transition from the normative ideal to the institutional level of neo-republican reasoning, which is evidenced by the fact that neo-Roman theorists embrace the ideal of non-domination but disagree on the characteristics of the institutional design capable of realizing that ideal. To substantiate this argument, the study compares three recent models of democracy that are somehow associated with neo-Roman republicanism—the electoral-contestatory model, the political constitutionalism model, and the Machiavellian democracy model, championed by Philip Pettit, Richard Bellamy, and John McCormick, respectively.